Canary Islands rules on face masks and Covid-19 tests for Brits on holiday

Brits can once again head to the Canary Islands for a holiday after the hotspots were added back to the UK’s list of travel corridors, and the Foreign Office changed its advice to allow for non-essential travel.

That includes the popular holiday spots of Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and La Palma.

Of course during the pandemic, the islands may be a little different than what holidaymakers have previously been used to, with new rules around face masks and social distancing in place.

To give you a helping hand, we take a look at everything holidaymakers need to know about going to the Canary Islands on holiday.

Check out our guide below…

Do I need to take a Covid-19 test?

At the time of writing, the Canaries don’t yet require Brits to provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test.

However, this is set to change within the next few weeks, as the Canary government confirmed that it is looking to introduce a rule where all national and foreign holidaymakers arriving on the islands will need to bring along a Covid-free certificate endorsed between 48 and 72 hours of their arrival.

If you have booked a holiday make sure to check the entry requirements – you can find these on the FCDO website here. If you’ve booked a package holiday, get in touch with your travel firm as they will also be able to advise you of any documents you may need.

Do I need to quarantine?

Passengers arrive at Lanzarote

No. As the Canary Islands are on the UK’s travel corridors list, any Brits returning from the hotspots won’t need to self-isolate. At the time of writing, Brits also won’t need to quarantine when they arrive in the Canary Islands.

However, restrictions can change quickly during the pandemic, so make sure to always check the latest FCDO advice before booking or going on a trip.

What are the face mask rules?

Face masks are mandatory in all public spaces, regardless of whether they are indoors or outdoors. This includes swimming pools and beaches – unless you are swimming.

Are there any curfews?

The Canary Islands’ government has its own traffic light system – and currently Tenerife is on ‘red alert’ until the 6th November 2020. This means that hotels, restaurants and beach bars must close by midnight, and entry gets closed off at 11pm. Nightclubs remain shut.

As for Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura? Bars, restaurants and outdoor terraces can be open until 1am but no new customers can enter after midnight. Nightclubs remain shut.

What attractions are open on the islands?

A view of Gran Canaria

A majority of attractions and hotels have re-opened on the islands, however they may have varying rules or changed opening times.

Your best bet is to check on the attraction’s website directly – it’s worth noting that for any theme parks, museums or other popular sites, you’ll need to pre-book as numbers of visitors are being restricted to allow for social distancing.

Choosing the right island

Not sure which island is best for the type of holiday you’re after? We’ve got a handy guide to picking the right island whether you’re after beautiful scenery, luxury hotels or just want to have a beachfront stroll.

As for the weather? In the months of November and December temperatures on the islands tend to average between 21C-23C in the daytime.

It’s not quite hot enough to lay out on a beach, but you’ll still get plenty of sunshine for a walk along the coast, not to mention there are plenty of places to explore on the islands.


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